Peel Memory and Cognitive Disorders Clinic was established to address challenging diagnostic issues and to provide clear answers about the cognitive changes associated with known neurological conditions such as stroke, traumatic brain injury, MS and Parkinson’s Disease.

The focus of the clinic is to conduct comprehensive neuropsychological assessments since this is often the most reliable method of establishing cognitive status in order to arrive at a precise diagnosis or to understand the functional impact  of cognitive changes.

Diagnostic clarity can be empowering:

Early or mild changes in cognitive functioning can be difficult to diagnose.

For those suffering from advanced cognitive decline a brief cognitive screening measure may be sufficient to arrive at a diagnosis. However, for those who suffer from milder cognitive difficulties and those who are experiencing a combination of cognitive decline and other psychological symptoms such as depression, a neuropsychological assessment is the preferred method of arriving at a diagnosis.

We believe that an accurate diagnosis and open discussion about the cause of cognitive changes  can be empowering:

  • If the assessment findings identify a dementia (e.g. Alzheimer’s), the diagnosis can help you to manage your condition, make decisions about your life and benefit from treatment recommendations.
  • If your symptoms are found to be the result of a psychological condition (e.g. depression), the diagnosis can be the stepping stone to receiving treatment for this condition that will improve your functioning.
  • If the assessment findings indicate that cognitive functioning is normal for your age, this  can help to minimize negative expectations about your capabilities and lead to increased self-confidence and improved functioning.

Identifying cognitive strengths and weaknesses to establish treatment needs and functional capacity:

The scope and sensitivity of the tests included in a comprehensive neuropsychological assessment make it the most effective method of identifying the cognitive effects and functional implications of known neurological conditions, such as stroke, traumatic brain injury, MS and Parkinson’s disease. A detailed profile of cognitive strengths and weaknesses facilitates rehabilitation and treatment planning and provides objective information regarding your ability to deal with cognitive challenges in everyday life.